Icons of the Left: Benjamin and Eisenstein, Picasso and Kafka after the Fall of Communism
by Otto Karl Werckmeister
University of Chicago Press, 1999
Cloth: 978-0-226-89355-6 | Paper: 978-0-226-89356-3
Library of Congress Classification HX521.W45513 1999
Dewey Decimal Classification 700.458

ABOUT THIS BOOK | TOC
ABOUT THIS BOOK
In his new book, art historian O. K. Werckmeister advances a critique of Marxist culture in capitalist society.
Focusing on some of the most celebrated instances of traditional "Western Marxism," Werckmeister shows how such "icons of the Left" have been progressively detached from their political roots in communist activism to the safe distance of utopian or revolutionary speculations. He assesses some recent critiques of "Western Marxism" in popular culture such as Soderbergh's film Kafka, pointing out the historic fallacies that underlie such wholesale repudiations. With this analysis, Werckmeister seeks to clear the ground for a coherent cultural policy of the Left that responds to the continuing crisis of society.


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